Hazards Planning Center

Planning Information Exchange

With a new award agreement granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the successful Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar series has been extended for two additional years, starting October 1, 2020. APA will continue to act as the lead in an agreement with FEMA, with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) as a partner. The quarterly webinars will continue to revolve around four central themes:

  • The information exchange focuses on all hazards.
  • The information exchange focuses primarily on mitigation planning but also its connections with recovery planning and preparedness.
  • APA and ASFPM act as co-conveners of all planning exchange webinars. This means that both organizations will use their respective web-based meeting platforms to set up, register, drive, facilitate, record, and provide technical support for all webinar meetings.
  • Planning exchange hosts select topics and commit to moderate, present, and lead the planning exchange webinars.

New Research on State Resilience Planning Practices

May 26, 2022

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More than 15 states — coastal and inland, and with governments from across the political spectrum — are developing innovative and comprehensive resilience strategies to reduce the impacts of floods and other climate hazards. These strategies work across agencies and sectors to integrate statewide resilience priorities into new existing efforts through a whole of government approach. By evaluating current and future risks, engaging local governments, and establishing regional priorities, state officials are hoping to effectuate smarter decisions about where and how to invest. Despite these recent initiatives, no consistent practices or protocols currently exist. State leaders are seeking examples of effective strategies to systematically incorporate resilience.

To help inform this new era of climate adaptation, The Pew Charitable Trusts' flood-prepared communities team supported research with the Urban Institute and the American Flood Coalition that assesses state resilience plans across the country and identifies promising practices and in depth analyses in select states. Pew will present on the recent findings of key components for flood resilience plans which can inform future approaches for practitioners, policymakers, and advocates. This research is part of Pew's effort to build and share resources dedicated to state-level adaptation initiatives through the State Resilience Partnership. Because states are central to connecting federal resources and mandates with local needs and priorities, officials have an outsized role in implementing meaningful and equitable solutions to the challenges of climate change.

This PIE webinar will focus on state-level resilience and adaptation strategies to systemically and equitably reduce the impact of floods and other climate hazards.

What You'll Learn

  • Understand strategies to systematically incorporate resilience.
  • Gain insight into the latest research to inform future approaches for practitioners and policymakers.

Mathew Sanders, AICP is a senior manager for the Flood-Prepared Communities initiative at The Pew Charitable Trust. Chad Berginnis is the executive director of ASFPM.

Meet the Presenters


Mathew Sanders, AICP

Mathew Sanders manages the state planning portfolio of Pew's flood-prepared communities initiative, which focuses on state-level efforts to plan for current and future flood risk. In this role, he works directly with state governments and community leaders to advocate for, develop, and implement comprehensive disaster-resilience plans for various flood risks, including coastal surge, riverine, and flash flooding.


Chad Berginnis

Chad Berginnis became executive director of ASFPM in July 2012, after joining the association staff as associate director in 2011. Since 2000, he served the association as Insurance Committee chair, Mitigation Policy Committees' coordinator, vice chair and chair. He has a Bachelor of Science in natural resources from Ohio State University. Since 1993, his work has focused on floodplain management, hazard mitigation and land use planning at the state, local and private sector level. As a state official, Berginnis worked in the Ohio Floodplain Management Program and was Ohio's state hazard mitigation officer. As a local official, Berginnis administered planning, economic development and floodplain management programs in Perry County, Ohio. In the private sector, he was the national practice leader in hazard mitigation for Michael Baker Jr. Inc.

View Past Webinars

View Presentations from Past Webinars

Previous webinars are available to be viewed anytime and anyplace shortly after their debut.

  • The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: A Primer for Planners and Floodplain Managers (December 15, 2021) CM | 1
  • Addressing Urban Heat at Regional and Local Scales (October 15, 2021) CM | 1
  • The Law's the Limit: Sea Level Rise Adaptation and Local Government (September 3, 2021) CM | 1.5
  • Linking Conservation and the FEMA Community Rating System: Tools to Protect Habitat, Enhance Coastal Resilience and Reduce Flood (April 15, 2021) CM | 1.5
  • USACE Inundation Mapping (December 18, 2020) CM | 1
  • Planning for Wildfire: From Assessing Risk to Long Term Mitigation (November 20, 2020) CM | 1.5
  • Visualization and Datasets for Flood Loss Reduction (October 27, 2020) CM | 1.5
  • Increasing Our Resiliency to Urban Flooding (November 21, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Planning for Drought and Cascading Hazards (August 15, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Go Green with GASB62! (April 25, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Flood Economics (February 13, 2019) CM | 1.5
  • Current Research Topics in Disasters, Hazard Mitigation, and Resilience (October 9, 2018)
  • Flood Risk Reduction: Putting Planning Into Practice (July 18, 2018)
  • The Fire/Flood Dynamic: Linkages, Tools, and Actions (May 15, 2018)
  • Flood Hazard Mitigation in Historic Districts (January 31, 2018)
  • Planning Integration for Resilience Scorecard (October 4, 2017)
  • Naturally Resilient Communities (May 30, 2017)
  • Post-Disaster Temporary Housing: Urban Planning Considerations (March 23, 2017)
  • Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas (December 2, 2016)
  • State Resiliency Initiatives: From Issue to Action! (September 22, 2016) CM | 1.0
  • Combining Climate Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Plans (July 7, 2016)
  • Know Your Dam Risk! (May 6, 2016)
  • Adapting Urban Vacant Land to Mitigate Hazards (February 26, 2016)
  • Hazard Mitigation Implementation (December 10, 2015)
  • Hazards Planning and Resilience: The Elected Official's Perspective (October 19, 2015)
  • Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience (June 30, 2015)
  • The Role of Hazard Mitigation in Post-Disaster Recovery (May 6, 2015)